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Departmental Information and Communications Technology

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 187W, on departmental ICT, how many of the missing or stolen (a) laptops and (b) personal digital assistants have been replaced by his Department; and at what cost. (202506)

The Department does not keep a central record of laptops that have been replaced since 2001. As the losses were incurred from different areas across the Department, this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. When items are replaced, they are drawn either from the existing resource pool or new purchases are made through the IT suppliers' contracts.

Available records show that the personal digital assistant reported lost in 2003 was replaced at a cost of approximately £250.00.